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McVeigh Friend Testifies Against Nichols

A close friend of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh testified Tuesday he became increasingly frightened of McVeigh in the weeks before the bombing that killed 168 people. Michael Fortier, in his second day of testimony at a preliminary hearing for bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, said he started carrying a pistol whenever he was near McVeigh. “He just made me nervous,” Fortier said. “I was scared of him.” Fortier, the government’s star witness at the federal bombing trials of McVeigh and Nichols, is testifying under a grant of immunity by state prosecutors who have charged Nichols with 160 counts of first-degree murder for the bombing. They are seeking the death penalty. McVeigh was convicted of federal murder charges for the April 19, 1995, bombing and was executed in 2001. Fortier testified Monday that McVeigh told him in October 1994, six months before the blast, that he and Nichols planned to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. “He discussed how he would take ammonium nitrate and fuel (oil) and mix it up and put it in 55-gallon drums,” Fortier testified Monday. Full Story

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